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Write your story, change history - Brad Meltzer

Write your story, change history - Brad Meltzer | Teach Like a PIRATE! Student Projects « My Mathima Consider projects as a hidden treasure. That x which marks the spot where all the efforts meet or where they might begin. Some are small, just simple tasks we go through to add some of ourselves to whatever it is we’re learning; others are immense, they are born to us, they develop through us, they shape and take our learning forward. Whether you’ll go for TBL (task-based learning) or PBL (project-based learning), you’ll discover that placing yourself as a teacher in the background, you give learners the opportunity to see things for themselves; to experience what it’s like to have questions and pursue the answers to them. It is all about the skills, yes; the skills we should all try and develop, the skills that can bring meaning to our future and their future. Please keep in mind that ‘background’ doesn’t mean ‘absence’. I’ve always taken things one at a time. The #Gamers What is it about computer games that we find so endearing and powerful at the same time? The #Dancers The #Writers

Mindset Matters Mindset is about believing in yourself. Carol Dweck, the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology and author of "Mindset" discovered in her research at Stanford that belief guides a large part of your life. Much of what you think of as your personality actually grows out of this "mindset" and could prevent you from fulfilling your potential. You can have either a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. Think about someone you know who has a fixed mindset. Did you ever wonder why they are this way? All of us are born with a love of learning. Think about a time you were enjoying a crossword puzzle, trying a new sport, or learning a new dance when it started to become too difficult. Now think about someone you know who is skilled in the growth mindset -- someone who understands that important qualities can be cultivated. What are some ways you might like to change or stretch yourself? Picture yourself in a growth mindset around any activity you felt was too difficult.

Finding my Voice to Become a Learner Again This is my story why I am so passionate about transforming teaching and learning.Barbara Bray, co-founder, Personalize Learning, LLCI was brought up in a house of artists in Maryland. My mother, a fine artist, raised me with the idea that I could draw whatever I wanted and especially to draw my own way including outside the lines. I was raised to be creative, to come up with new ideas and to ask lots of questions. I was able to read early and used to put on plays with my younger sisters. I laughed and giggled all the time.With a full head of red curls, people wanted to touch and play with my hair. My first day of school was exciting and scary. She had everyone introduce themselves and then had us divide into groups by hair color. I pushed myself to be part of the class. Not one teacher in my K-12 experience ever asked me why I felt the way I did about school or why I was so quiet. I secretly cried about school. "Go with your strengths, find your interests, talents and passions,

Updated Personalization vs. Differentiation vs. Individualization Chart Version 3 Personalization v Differentiation v Individualization (PDI) Chart (Version 3) The PDI chart was created for a reason: to clarify the differences in these terms. In 2010, the National Ed Tech Plan defined all three of these terms as they are related to instruction. We needed to emphasize the differences: Personalization is learner-centered. The other two, Differentiation and Individualization are teacher-centered. It has been some time since we initially published the PDI Chart in January 2012. We updated the chart again to version 3 from your feedback. Individualization involves assessment OF learning.

Toolkit Our Personalize Learning Toolkit includes resources that can help your school or organization personalize learning for all learners. You can use this toolkit to:help you understand the language around personalizing learning.provide background knowledge of the differences of Personalization, Differentiation and Individualization.understand Universal Design for Learning as the foundation to create Personalized Learning Environments.realize that there are three stages of Personalized Learning Personal Learner ProfilesTM and Personal Learning change with the Stages of Concern about Personalized Learning.have the research and resources to support your journey to personalize learning. Personalization vs Differentiation vs Individualization (PDI) Chart (V3) This is version 3 of the PDI chart with revisions and a facelift based on feedback from educators around the world. Go to this page to read more about the new version of the PDI chart... Read more...

Box of Chocolates « Because you never know what you're going to get :-) Disabled Access Friendly Keep on Teaching Sarah Thomas, #edtech Professional Developer and Presenter #30GoalsEDU Conference: a Presenter’s Reflection | A techie's view Introduction and Background I was delighted when Shelly Terrell (Twitter: @ShellTerrell, blog invited me to give a keynote presentation at the 30 Goals E-Conference in July of 2015 on the topic of silos and connectivism. When I sat down to start preparing slides for the presentation, I had expected to go through the usual process of doing a “brain dump”, leaving the material to organise itself as I went from slide to slide. I went into Google Slides, looked at the blankness, and realised that I had nothing to work with. Yes, I had a few personal memories, and I was aware of headlines about what the Finns were doing, but there was nothing of any real substance that I could use. Research Time! The time had come to dig into what was behind the headlines in the news outlets, find out what was currently happening in schools and universities both inside and outside Finland, and read curriculum documents. Organising it All The Presentation Lessons Learned

Saddle Up & Rope ‘Em In! Codes to Teach Like a Cowboy / Cowgirl I am SO very excited to announce that two educators whom I greatly respect and admire are going to guest speak on our #TLChat Virtual Cafe webinar series: Shelly Terrell & Jake Duncan "Teaching can feel like trying to conquer the Wild West. We need inspiration and advice from trailblazers used to rough terrains. Two Texas educators invite you to join this campfire conversation in which they will share some practical ideas and tips for handling anything from fundraising to teaching with little technology. October 6th, 2014 8pm Eastern USA time Session Wikipage Did you miss it? Follow Shelly Terrell---> @ShellTerrell Follow Jake Duncan ---> @jkdncn Resources: Click for Shelly's Pearl Trees List of Resources Credits: Photos gleefully stolen from Shelly & Jake Title photo design inspired by a Flickr Creative Commons photo by Eric Leslie & graphic design by yours truly and PicMonkey!

Digital Activities & Icebreakers for Gen Y Recently added to the Survival Tips for Teachers “The number one benefit of educational technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative … productive … learn things they didn’t think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about potential.” – Steve Ballmer Our students’ digital behavior influences our learning, language, rituals, values, routines, customs, and communication. What we share, post, like, and comment on impacts us, our peers, and people around the world. Tips Get students to create avatars and introduce themselves. Some Digital Icebreakers Digital BingoMobile Show and Tell- Divide students into small groups (3 to 5 students). If you enjoyed these ideas, you may want to get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachersor my $5.99 ebook, Learning to Go, which has digital/mobile activities for any device and editable/printable handouts and rubrics.